It's all a matter of what you need and expect from a good editor. There will always be pros and cons and there is no "best of all" editor out there. SynWrite does many things right and it's clear that there are missing some things. A plugin manager is one of these things. On the other hand, its update frequency is high. New releases comes out every few days and i'm sure that there will be more features soon. The good thing is, if you have any reasonable wishes, the developer will try to realize it asap.
Personally I'm missing nothing and I'm totally happy with current feature set for my daily work. So it's not important for me if other editors can do more. Synwrite offers a plugin mode for Total Commander file manager. No other editors can do this. Don't like ST because of its dark interface. N++ interface is bad too.
I tested at least 5 usually very high rated programming editors, and found SynWrite more or less only by chance. Finally I found that SynWrite is one of the very best editors, and for my needs the editor of choice. I am actually surprised that it is still not more popular and not much more frequently referenced to and then also higher ranked by programming editor comparing blogs and journal articles.
In general: it has Code Folding it runs perfectly stable and is outstandingly fast it has syntax highlighting (lexer) for almost every language around, and for the case still needed, lexer configuration is very well documented.
A detail to add to this, for my personal needs: it comes already with a basic and yet sufficiently functional MATLAB syntax highlighting, something almost all competitors miss.
This editor is of very high quality. All neccessary features are on board, with some nice extra's, e.g. the synchronized editing.
I think it is one of the best free editors available, together with Notepad++ and PSPad
As the title says... Notepad++ is a very neat tool and this one I think is equally powerful but a tad bit faster. With over 10K plus lines to handle, dual-paned (not side-by-side) it does not lag so much like n++ that sometimes crashes down after being unresponsive for some seconds. So I switched.
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